Meet Hannah2020-09-14T22:08:01+01:00

Meet Hannah

Here, Hannah talks about what motivated her to become a Speech and Language Therapist, her experience, her training and qualifications, and areas of Speech and Language Therapy that she is particularly passionate about.

Why did you want to become a Speech and Language Therapist?​

Having spent several years living in Germany as a child, without knowledge of the German language, I am very aware of the impact communication difficulties have on everyday life. When choosing a career, I felt drawn to Speech and Language Therapy as I wanted to be able to make a difference to the everyday lives of people who have speech, language and communication difficulties. Communication is a vital skill which everyone deserves to be able to engage in.

What kind of experience do you have?

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011 and have worked at The Talking House since 2012. While initially working part-time at The Talking House I was also able to work in the NHS supporting adults with communication and swallowing difficulties across acute and community settings. I have been a full-time member of The Talking House team since September 2013.

I have a wide range of experience working with children and young people who have a variety of speech, language and communication needs including, Dyspraxia, Autism, acquired brain injury, Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), complex needs and developmental delay and hearing impairment. At The Talking House, I am the clinical lead for our private client service and enjoy working with our clients and their families to support their speech and language therapy journey.

I firmly believe that for Speech and Language Therapy to have the best outcome it needs to be fun, engaging and follow the child’s interests wherever possible. I particularly enjoy using messy play, arts and crafts and outdoor activities (weather permitting!) in my therapy sessions.

What are you particularly passionate about?​

My special area of interest is supporting children and young people who have complex speech sound disorders. I have had the opportunity to train in several specific therapy approaches to support children who have these difficulties and enjoy applying these skills and approaches into my therapy. I have always had a keen interest in the mechanics of speech and am particularly interested in local accents and dialects.

What are your hobbies and interesting facts about you?​

​When I’m not at work, I spend as much time as I can outdoors with my husband and little boy and our two spaniels, Ned and Griff. I’m a real foodie and love nothing more than sitting down to a roast dinner after a long walk in our beautiful local countryside.

Qualifications:

  • Clinical Language Sciences (Speech and Language Therapy), BSc Hons (2:1), Leeds Metropolitan University

     

Memberships:

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT):​ RC0030274

  • Health and Care Professions in the UK (HCPC): SL29927

     

Postgraduate Training:

  • Assessment and Management of Adults with Dysphagia (Sheffield Teaching Hospital)​

  • TalkTools Level 1 and 2

  • Teaching Speech to non-verbal individuals with Autism

  • PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)

  • Makaton Sign Foundation Course

  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) 

  • SCERTS (Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support)

  • Sensory Integration workshop: An overview of and new approaches to children with neurodevelopmental disorders

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